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In this article we asked Jo to share a little about herself and the wonderful world of ARTventurers….

My name is Jo and I’ve always been passionate about being creative. As a teenager I used to play multiple instruments, creating songs with my younger sister on the piano, as well as writing many short stories. I also used to sketch and draw at every given opportunity, something I probably inherited from my mum’s amazing skills as a watercolour artist. As an adult I’ve taught English, Media Studies and a little Drama for the past 10 years, using my creativity and imagination in bringing texts alive for my students and cultivating their own original writing through visual and active approaches. I’ve also written several children’s picture books (although unpublished) and love getting messy and creating craft with my two children, Jasmine and Joseph. In fact, their love for all things messy and creative is the whole reason I got into ARTventurers in the first place and I can’t thank them enough!

At ARTventurers we encourage our babies and children to explore, feel, create, squidge, squish, pour and get as messy as they want to! This type of play in a safe and secure environment is a vital developmental aid for little people – children are active learners. Creative, messy play is particularly valuable because it stimulates many of their senses at once – they can feel, smell, see, and sometimes even taste the consequences of what they do! At ARTventurers our dedicated Baby ARTventurers class is especially designed for the smallest artists aged 6 months plus and we even run My First ARTventure sessions – a gentle introduction to art and creative play for babies aged 3 months plus. Our Little ARTventurers class is specialised for children aged 18 months to 4 years and builds on the messy foundations they have experienced in the younger class.

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Messy, sensory, creative play is really important for the development of motor skills and coordination in little people. Activities such as stacking, pouring, scooping, stirring will develop eye-hand coordination and squidging, pulling and moulding is great for muscle tone. Practicing mark making and using tongs will develop fine motor skills and hands-on activities provide opportunities for little ones to compare textures such as smooth, rough, hard and soft.

 

Creative play is also a great aid to language development and communication – a fantastic way for children to interact with grown ups and other children, learn new words and phrases and use their imagination in exploring their surroundings and the sensory experiences on offer. We also use singing and music making in our classes as an aid to language development, as well as it being lots of fun!

 

ARTventurers sessions are carefully planned and designed with children’s natural curiosity in mind. We are firm believers in the value of free flow creative activities for young children and the benefits of free art. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way – we encourage our ARTventurers to become confident explorers and this approach to creativity builds confidence and self-esteem.

 

Through creative activities, our ARTventurers also develop concentration, problem-solving and planning skills and playing alongside other children allows early friendships and sharing skills to develop!

 

Overall, our sessions provide a solid foundation for when our ARTventurers leave us to start their all important school journey – we aim to inspire a generation of confident, creative explorers and provide lots of opportunities to create colourful, messy memories together!

 

ARTventurers run award winning art classes for babies, toddlers and children in a number of locations and are members of the Children’s Activity Association, giving parents peace of mind when choosing activities and classes for their children.

 

When booking your child’s first term with ARTventurers, please make sure to mention your Lincoln Mums Card to receive 10% off your first term’s fees! T: 07932 725071 E: jo@artventurers.co.uk W: HTTPS://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/ARTVENTURERSLINCOLNWEST/

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